Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Craft Fayre showcases Scottish talent

Boyndie Crafts will show how they make their unique hand-crocheted headwear alongside their tartan and tweed kilt bags novelty hats and ankle gaiters

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HAND-crafted items from across Scotland will be on display in this year’s Craft Fayre at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2022. Set against the backdrop of the stunning flotilla of premier heritage boats, which will drop anchor in the historic harbour of Portsoy, the festival will showcase a wide range of traditional and maritime craft techniques and hand-made jewellery, pottery, hand-crocheted gifts and illustrations. 

Chair of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Committee, David Urquhart comments, “We have a wealth of talented designers, illustrators, painters and potters here in Scotland and the Craft Fayre will put the cream of the crop under one roof. Not only will there be a variety of unique items available to buy, but we will also have the people behind those products demonstrating the intricate techniques they use, blending modern day design with traditional methods.” 

Cemo As not everyone had access to paints at home, he turned to common household substances to help his students create unusual artwork. Angus enjoyed the process so much, it inspired him to create his own collection using this method. 

Boyndie Crafts will show how they make their unique hand-crocheted headwear alongside their tartan and tweed kilt bags, novelty hats and ankle gaiters. Each item is unique and created using upcycled materials. The husband-and-wife team also run Lone kiter Imaging and will share their photographs of wildlife and Portsoy scenery, which have been sold around the world. 

Retired fisherman, George Smith of Get Knotted with Style, uses traditional skills to create his pashmina style women’s wraps. Drawing upon his knowledge of how fishing nets are put together and repaired, George braids fabric with a fishing net needle to make his beautiful garments.  

Kay Murray started her business Kay’s Kreations eight years ago, turning her hobby making hairbows and accessories into a business. Kay will display how she weaves ribbon together to make her individually crafted and designed headbands. She will also have her bows, clips and birthday crowns available to buy. 

Bespoke gifts made using recycled yacht sails, Stitch It and Fix It from Forres, offer repairs and alterations for sails, yacht and boat covers, tents and marquees, they also handmake covers for trailers, garden equipment and furniture and boats. Everything is made to the required size and material specification. Stitch It and Fix It will give visitors an insight into how they make their range of products.  

Established in a small coastal village near Gairloch in the Scottish Highlands, Ceomara Jewellery‘s range of stunning silver necklaces, rings and bracelets are inspired by the beaches and hills surrounding their studio.  

A variety of kid’s clothing will be on offer from RebelYells and Artfelt by Shona will be selling her needle felted pictures. Lockdown gave Jackie Anderson, creator of Sookie Coo Candles the opportunity to do something she had always dreamt of, creating her own range of scented candles, diffusers, room mists, wax melts, hand wash and body lotions. There is a wide variety of different fragrances including wild mint, berries, seaweed and juniper, rock salt and driftwood. 

Self-taught Pottery Quine, Kerry Marr of CeramiKer Pottery, was a professional motorcyclist before finding her love of the potter’s wheel. Her durable, yet highly decorative pieces colourfully depict the heritage, coastline and sky of the north east of Scotland. Her most recent decorative homeware range includes Northern Lights and Sand & Sea. Always experimenting and using new glaze formations and firing techniques, Kerry’s creativity shines through in her stunning pottery. 

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival brings together the finest craft in the Scottish historic fishing fleet, alongside sailing and rowing events, food and drink, music and dance. Celtic rockers, Skerryvore will headline the Gig on the Back Green on Friday 17 June 2022. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the festival website: www.stbfportsoy.org/buy-tickets/

Entry to the festival is discounted when purchased in advance online – £12 for an adult, £8 concession and £4.80 for a child, alternatively a family day pass can be purchased for £28, or an adult weekend pass is £16. A weekend family pass, for access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday is £36.Tickets to Skerryvore are £30 and the Saturday Ceilidh is £15 per person. 

This year’s festival is supported by EventScotland’s National Events Programme. 

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